The 2009 NBA Playoffs Primer: The Schedule

April 16, 2009 |

It took the full 82 game regular season schedule to decide the seedings in this season’s NBA Playoffs, but here we are ready to tip-off the first round in just two short days and things are finally settled.

Stay tuned in the next two days as I’ll preview both conferences’ opening round match-ups and identify things to keep our eyes on while watching.

Anyways, here’s the playoff schedule to print out and have next to your remote controllers so you don’t miss any of the excitement of the NBA’s second season…

Eastern Conference

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers – #8 Detroit Pistons

Game 1: Saturday April 18, Detroit at Cleveland, 3 p.m., ABC
Game 2: Tuesday April 21, Detroit at Cleveland, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Friday April 24, Cleveland at Detroit, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: Sunday April 26, Cleveland at Detroit, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Game 5: *Wednesday April 29, Detroit at Cleveland, TBD, TBD
Game 6: *Friday May 1, Cleveland at Detroit, TBD, TBD
Game 7: *Sunday May 3, Detroit at Cleveland, TBD, TBD

#2 Boston Celtics – #7 Chicago Bulls

Game 1: Saturday April 18, Chicago at Boston, 12:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2: Monday April 20, Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Thursday April 23, Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 4: Sunday April 26, Boston at Chicago, 1 p.m., ABC
Game 5: *Tuesday April 28, Chicago at Boston, TBD, TBD
Game 6: *Thursday April 30, Boston at Chicago, TBD, TBD
Game 7: *Saturday May 2, Chicago at Boston, TBD, TNT

#3 Orlando Magic – #6 Philadelphia 76ers

Game 1: Sunday April 19, Philadelphia at Orlando, 5:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2: Wednesday April 22, Philadelphia at Orlando, 7 p.m., NBA-TV
Game 3: Friday April 24, Orlando at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4: Sunday April 26, Orlando at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5: *Tuesday April 28, Philadelphia at Orlando, TBD, TBD
Game 6 *Thursday April 30, Orlando at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD
Game 7 *Saturday May 2, Philadelphia at Orlando, TBD, TNT

#4 Atlanta Hawks – #5 Miami Heat

Game 1: Sunday April 19, Miami at Atlanta, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 2: Wednesday April 22, Miami at Atlanta, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Saturday April 25, Atlanta at Miami, 6:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4: Monday April 27, Atlanta at Miami, TBD, TBD
Game 5: *Wednesday April 29, Miami at Atlanta, TBD, TBD
Game 6: *Friday May 1, Atlanta at Miami, TBD, TBD
Game 7: *Sunday May 3, Miami at Atlanta, TBD, TBD

Western Conference

#1 Los Angeles Lakers – #8 Utah Jazz

Game 1: Sunday April 19, Utah at L.A. Lakers, 3 p.m., ABC
Game 2: Tuesday April 21, Utah at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Thursday April 23, L.A. Lakers at Utah, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4: Saturday April 25, L.A. Lakers at Utah, 9 p.m., ESPN
Game 5: *Monday April 27, Utah at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TBD
Game 6: *Thursday April 30, L.A. Lakers at Utah, TBD, TBD
Game 7: *Saturday May 2, Utah at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT

# 2 Denver Nuggets – #7 New Orleans Hornets

Game 1: Sunday April 19, New Orleans at Denver, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2: Wednesday April 22, New Orleans at Denve, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Saturday April 25, Denver at New Orleans, 1 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: Monday April 27, Denver at New Orleans, TBD, TBD
Game 5: * Wednesday April 29, New Orleans at Denver, TBD, TBD
Game 6: * Friday May 1, Denver at New Orleans, TBD, TBD
Game 7: * Sunday May 3, New Orleans at Denver, TBD, TBD

#3 San Antonio Spurs – #6 Dallas Mavericks

Game 1: Saturday April 18, Dallas at San Antonio, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 2: Monday April 20, Dallas at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Thursday April 23, San Antonio at Dallas, 8:30 p.m., NBA-TV
Game 4: Saturday April 25, San Antonio at Dallas, 4 p.m., TNT
Game 5: *Tuesday April 28, Dallas at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
Game 6: *Friday May 1, San Antonio at Dallas, TBD, TBD
Game 7: *Sunday May 3, Dallas at San Antonio, TBD, TBD

#4 Portland Trail Blazers – #5 Houston Rockets

Game 1: Saturday April 18, Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2: Tuesday April 21, Houston at Portland, 10 p.m., NBA-TV
Game 3: Friday April 24, Portland at Houston, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: Sunday April 26, Portland at Houston, 9 p.m., TNT
Game 5: *Tuesday April 28, Houston at Portland, TBD, TBD
Game 6: *Thursday April 30, Portland at Houston, TBD, TBD
Game 7: *Saturday May 2, Houston at Portland, TBD, TNT

*If Necessary

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